Worldwide Nursing Shortage Has Reached Crisis Proportions

July 2002
Ascribe Newswire: Medicine;7/1/2002, p11
In the first systematic study of problems faced by nurses globally, Pennsylvania State researchers have found that the nursing shortage is a worldwide phenomenon that is both jeopardizing health care and creating stressful working conditions for nurses. While noting that the exact cause of the nursing shortage varies from country to country, Paul F. Clark, professor of labor studies and industrial relations, attributes the shortage in the U.S. to the for-profit, bottom-line managed care system. The work-related problem cited most frequently in the survey was understaffing in the U.S.


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